This work involves studying the growth of filamentous fungi in the context of statistical physics. Filamentous fungi grow by the polarised extension of thread-like hyphae, which make up the body of a fungus. We propose a simple model, based upon a well studied model of statistical physics, the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process, to describe the movement of mass along a hypha and its subsequent growth. The mean-field equations for the model are analysed, leading to a phase diagram of steady state behaviour, which we compare to Monte Carlo simulations and discuss in terms of biological observations.
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